- Warner Bros. said the story about Gal Gadot not returning as Wonder Woman if Brett Ratner is involved was ‘false.’
- Ratner, who was recently accused of sexual harassment and assault, is one of the founders of RatPac-Dune Entertainment, which helped finance the first “Wonder Woman.”
- The studio’s 75-picture deal with RatPac-Dune will likely expire before the sequel is made.
Over the weekend, a Page Six story spread across social media stating that “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot had refused to sign up for the sequel if director-producer Brett Ratner was involved.
Ratner, whose production company RatPac-Dune Entertainment helped finance “Wonder Woman” and other major titles for Warner Bros., is one of the major Hollywood players to be accused of sexual assault and harassment in the “Weinstein ripple effect.”
Many in Hollywood praised the news of Gadot’s ultimatum. It sounded like Gadot was using the leverage she gained by being the face of one of Hollywood’s biggest hit movies of the year to help stop enabling behavior in the industry.
Here’s a sample of the tweets after the story broke:
YES SISTER! Gal Gadot Reportedly Won’t Return for Wonder Woman 2 If Brett Ratner Does – Vanity Fair https://t.co/1QvmHytfxS
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) November 12, 2017
This is courage!! https://t.co/EZpQk0zZoK
— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) November 13, 2017
Lst wk Warner Bros. removed Ratner’s name from upcoming movies YET their $450 mil deal w RatPac remained in place. Publicly slap his wrist but continue to work with him. Same response as in 2011 ???? BUT there’s a report that @GalGadot drew a line in the sand. If true, AMAZING ❤️ https://t.co/ZyDIBOZqkD
— om (@oliviamunn) November 12, 2017
So impressed with @GalGadot ♥
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) November 13, 2017
So maybe all superheroes do wear capes. https://t.co/dcSsEAovuO
— Jenni Konner (@JenniKonner) November 11, 2017
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) November 12, 2017
The Page Six story seemed to align with Gadot’s previous behavior towards Ratner. Before stories broke of Ratner’s alleged acts, Gadot backed out of a dinner honoring Ratner where she was to present the award to him.
However, a spokesperson for Warner Bros. vehemently denied the Page Six story to Business Insider.
“It’s false,” he said, repeating WB’s statement about the Page Six story.
In actuality, this is a power play that Gadot probably didn’t have to use because by the time “Wonder Woman 2” is made, the deal between the studio and RatPac-Dune will have expired.
The 2013 deal between the two companies was for 75 pictures over “three or four” years covering Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema releases. If you count future titles RatPac-Dune is involved in at the studio – like Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” and “Rampage” starring Dwayne Johnson – the count will be 75 titles by mid-2018.
And you would think Warner Bros. isn’t going to renew its deal with the company – at least if Ratner is still with it.
“Wonder Woman 2” is slated for release in November 2019.
Ratner announced in early November that he would “step away” from his work at the studio. That included the scrapping of a Hugh Hefner biopic he was to direct with Jared Leto playing the recently-deceased Playboy founder.
Business Insider contacted Gal Gadot’s representative for comment but did not get an immediate response.